Associate Professor Ben Wadham

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.08)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ben is a sociologist and his main research interest is militarism and the military in Australia. He is interested in the place of the military in Australian history and within Australian culture and governance - civil society, the miltiary and the state. Ben writes about the cultural history of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Of particular interest is military culture and crime and the military. He is currently Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Grant titled "Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform within the ADF (1969-). He has recently published Criminologies of the Military: Militarism, National Security and Justice. Ben is currently the lead CI on 2 grants investigating veteran transition and education. These studies explore how effective tertiary education is as a transition pathway, The second grant funded by the NCSEHE studies the ways universities understand veterans and govern their place in the university. Ben also researches men's violence toward other men and is using Virtual Reality as a pedagogical tool for education for violence prevention. This research focus is critical masculinity studies.

BA Hons (Sociology),
PhD (Sociology)
Grad Cert Public Policy
Honours, awards and grants

Australian Postgraduate Award 1998-2002
Australian Defence Medal

ARC Discovery: Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform in the ADF (2018-2021)

Key responsibilities

Research Higher Degree Coordinator

Director, Doctor of Education

Delegate, NTEU

Research expertise
Australian Studies
Cultural studies
Policy and administration
Research interests


Education Doctorate

  1. Teacher Education Reform in Undang Pandang - Faridah Ohan - 2013
  2. Medical Students and Physical Examination - Anna Vnuk - 2013
  3. The role of teacher/student relationships in English teaching in Surabaya - Suryanto - 2013
  4. Content-Based Instruction At The International Standard School Teacher Education Program - Soni Mirizon - 2014
  5. The representation of Indonesian English language teachers’ ICT learning experiences: processes and outcomes in English language classrooms - Dyah Ciptaningrum - 2015
  6. Experiences Of Indonesian Pre-Service English As Foreign Language Teachers In Implementing Technology In Teaching Practicum: An Investigation Through TPACK Framework - Effendi Limbong - 2015
  7. An Examination of the Moral Reasoning Abilities of Cypriot Accounting Students - Maz Demosthenous - 2017
  8. Volunteer Motivaton in Surf Life Saving: A Theory of Motivation through Identity - John Fitzgerald - 2018
  9. Education, Aspiration and Entrrepreneurship - Identifying Changes in Lifestyle Aspirations of Filipina Informal Sewttlers over Space and Time - Luceille Outhred - 2019

Masters of Education

  1. Religion and the International Baccalaureate - 2011
  2. Domestic Violence in Indonesia - Mohammad Ihsan - 2007


  1. Pre-service teachers perceptions of race and nationalism - 2010
  2. Home Economics and SA Schooling - 2005
Teaching interests
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Social Theory
  • Globalisation, Development and Education
  • Governance and Policy
  • Race, Gender, Nation
  • Militarism & Violence
  • Professionals and Activists
  • Policy and Governance
  • Veteran and Military Studies
Topic coordinator
EDUC9954 Preparation for Research
EDUC9971 Key Issues in Education
EDUC9972 Preparation for Research
EDUC9973 Critical Scholarship and Research Design
EDUC9974 Researching the Profession
EDUC9978 Data Analysis
EDUC9976 Educational Futures
EDUC9975 Research Project
EDUC9977 Research Transfer
Supervisory interests
Crime, law and justice
Critical masculinity studies (scholarly distinction from masculinity or men's studies)
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Military studies
Psychiatric problems of war veterans
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Lesbians in the Military (1), Social Justice and Teacher Education (1), Academic Activism (1), Student Voice (1), Cliniical Decision Making (1), Immigration history (1), Veteran transition (1)
Associate supervisor: Learning Difficulties (1), Discourses of National Security in the ADF (1), Student Activism (1)
Principal supervisor: Critical Race and Education Studies (2), Critical Literacy (1), Indonesian Women in Higher Education (2), Globalisation, Development and Education (3)
Associate supervisor: Criitical Realism (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Katerin Berniz

Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2019

Expert for media contact
Military culture
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  • Masculinity
  • Military culture
Further information

Ben Wadham is a member of the Australian Peacekeeping and Peacekeeper Veterans Association (APPVA).

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